Bus, Bus, Bus, Castle

Faced with a curtailed weekend due to M.K.’s exam schedule, we weighed the drawbacks of a short trip against the drawbacks of another weekend in Nevsehir. We inevitably concluded to opt for the shortened excursion. We examined our Turkish bucket list and compared direct buses from Nevsehir and settled on Mersin, a humdrum city on the eastern Mediterranean which serves as a convenient transit point to Kizkalesi, or the Maiden’s Castle. Here’s a breakdown of our itinerary:

  • 8:15-8:50: Bus from apartment to otogar (bus station)
  • 9:00-2:00: Bus from Nevsehir to Mersin
  • 2:00-3:00: Pause for hotel check in/pharmacy hunt
  • 3:00-4:50: Bus from Mersin to Kizkalesi
  • 4:50-8:20: Enjoy Kizkalesi
  • 8:20-10:00: Bus from Kizkalesi to Mersin
  • 10:05: Sleep

We spent four times as long on buses to see the sights as we did sightseeing, but, ultimately, it was worth the hassle.


The castle looks like it is floating because the sky and the sea were the same shade of blue at dusk.


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